The History of Leith

May 28, 2011

St Giles and Lindsfarne

Among the places enumerated by Simon Dunelmensis, of Durham, as belonging to the see of Lindisfarn in 854, when Earnulph, who removed it to Chester-le-Street, was Bishop, he includes that of Edinburgh. From this it must be distinctly inferred that a church of some kind existed on the long slope that led to Dun Edin, but no authentic record of it occurs till the reign of King Alexander II., when Baldred deacon of Lothian, and John perpetual vicar of the church of St Giles at Edinburgh, attached their seals to copies of certain Papal bulls and charters of the church of Megginche, a dependency of the church of Holyrood; and {according to the Liber Cartarum Sanctae Crucis) on the Sunday before (he feast of St, Thomas, in the year 1295, Douoca, daughter of John, son of Herveus, resigned certain lands to the monastery of Holyrood, in full consistory, held in the church of St. Giles, In an Act passed in1319, in the reign of Robert I., the church is again mentioned, when William the bishop of St Andrews confirmed numerous gifts bestowed upon the abbey and its dependencies. In I359 King David II., by a charter under his great seal, confirmed to the chaplain officiating at the altar of St Catharine in the church of St Giles all the lands of Upper Merchiston, the gift of Roger Hog, burgess of Edinburgh.

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